The Ellen Controversy and Veganism

The Ellen Controversy and Veganism

So,  Ellen DeGeneres is back in the news with the announcement of her new clothing and shoe collection. She is in the proverbial lentil soup, seemingly for using leather and merino wool in these lines. As we all know, it is definitely not okay for vegans  to buy, use or promote these cruelty born “products”. This is not the first time Ellen and her confusing messages about her veganism have come spinning onto my radar. I wrote a …

Veganism: A Universal Truth and Collaborative Effort

Veganism: A Universal Truth and Collaborative Effort

While developing and writing for my website over the nearly last two years, I have come to understand that veganism is not a lifestyle, a belief, a fad, a diet, a personal choice or any of the labels used to describe a way of living and being that many still think of as extreme. This way of living and being on this earth is born of the horrific and undeniable facts surrounding our cruel meat eating cultures that have fostered …

Speciesism, Anthropocentrism and Animal Rights Vigils

Speciesism, Anthropocentrism and Animal Rights Vigils

 

Speciesism,  as I understand it, shares similarities with  anthropocentrism,   the definition of which is explained by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson in his book,  “When Elephants Weep:The Emotional Lives of Animals”

Anthropocentrism treats animals as  inferior forms of people and denies what they really are. It reflects a passionate wish to differentiate ourselves from animals, to make animals other, presumably in order to maintain humans at the top of the evolutionary hierarchy and the food chain. The notion that animals are …

Kadatz Evasive in CBC Interview about 4 Horses Dead at The Calgary Stampede!

Kadatz Evasive in CBC Interview about 4 Horses Dead at The Calgary Stampede!

The idea for my post about The Calgary Stampede came from my friend and fellow vegan, Karen Messier.  She is a passionate supporter of the  rights of nonhuman animals  and she becomes particularly and justifiably indignant when it comes to other species being used for the supposed entertainment of humans. She calls it a rant and it is here that I beg to differ with her. Depending on the online dictionary one chooses  to check, a rant can be classified …

Answering the question, “Why are you vegan?”.

Answering the question, “Why are you vegan?”.

I always have a few ideas floating around in my head at any given time, ideas about tolerance, love, power, cruelty, disconnectedness and how these all relate to and often fuel our treatment (mistreatment) of other species for our wants, not needs. Of course this way of thinking and seeing the world is new to me because for most of my life, I have been an uninformed, willing consumer of other beings. And even after my daughter started speaking to …

This Vegan’s View of Challenges and Catastrophes

This Vegan’s View of Challenges and Catastrophes

I am not Catholic, or even all that religious in the “organized religion” sense of the word, but this little mantra comes to mind this morning as I sit down at my computer to write a post after such a long time away: “Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. It has been 30 days since my last confession”. It has indeed been more than a month since my last post and I have missed writing, the animals and all …